Thursday, December 13, 2012
HEBRON, West Bank — Thousands of Palestinians marched through the streets of Hebron today, chanting anti-Israel slogans and waving green Hamas flags during a funeral procession for a teenager killed by Israeli troops in this volatile West Bank city.
Dozens of youths clashed with Israeli soldiers throughout the day, throwing stones and bottles while troops responded with volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets. No serious injuries were reported.
Wednesday’s shooting of 17-year-old Mohammed Suleima has raised tensions in Hebron, where several hundred ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers live in heavily fortified enclaves in the midst of more than 180,000 Palestinians.
Israel’s paramilitary border police force said it shot Suleima after he brandished a gun that later turned out to be fake. But relatives of the Palestinian youth said he was unarmed.